May 18, 2011 by Leave a Comment
Black Swan is a thriller whose plot is centered on a production of the classic ballet Swan Lake by a New York Company. The adaptation being conceived by the company requires a ballerina to portray both the tender, innocent Swan Queen and her sensual, evil twin the Black Swan. Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) who has been trying to score a major role as a ballerina at the company finally gets her opportunity when the position for the lead in the proposed ballet becomes available and she ultimately gets picked. Things don’t play out quite for Nina planned as she is unable convince the director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) of her ability to embody The Black Swan and it gets a little more difficult for her when competition arrives in form of Lily (Mila Kunis). Trying to satisfy an overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) and ultimately secure the spot of prima ballerina despite all opposition, Nina embarks on a dark and twisted journey which holds the audience spellbound. Aronofsky whose last work “The Wrestler” raked in a number of accolades did a brilliant job in capturing the conflicting personalities of The Swan Queen and The Black Swan. The visuals and effects adopted in this movie made sure the scenes intended to make you gasp did not fall flat and you would come across a number of them while watching this Psychological thriller (Oh yeah I left that out earlier on). This movie will tend to creep some out and it will further irk those who just can’t be bothered to watch a movie without a single gun slinging scene or movies without noteworthy dialogue as it falls short on those accounts. In addition to what has already been stated, this movie is definitely not one for family viewing due to some intense scenes (sexual content is advised) and might not be the appropriate movie to go see with friends that are not into this genre of movie. However if you are a lover of creativity and the thriller genre, then this one is for you.